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graffito

[gruh-fee-toh]
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noun, plural graf·fi·ti [gruh-fee-tee] /grəˈfi ti/.
  1. Archaeology. an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
  2. a single example of graffiti.
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Origin of graffito

see origin at graffiti

Usage note

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Related Words

graffiticacographygraffitohieroglyphics

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Historical Examples

  • The price of a wreath is given in a graffito as three asses (p. 497).

    Pompeii, Its Life and Art

    August Mau

  • For the wineshop in which the graffito was found, see Mau, Bull.

  • Each bore a stamp on the handle; the smaller had also a graffito on the rim of the bottom made by a succession of little dots.


Word Origin and History for graffito

n.

singular of graffiti (q.v.).

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